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  • Trump’s demand to build border wall could upend sensitive negotiations on Capitol Hill

    08/23/2017 2:22:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 23, 2017 | Mike DeBonis, Elise Viebeck and Damian Paletta
    President Trump’s threat to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t budget money for a border wall could upend delicate negotiations on Capitol Hill to keep the government fully operating past September as Democrats harden their resolve to oppose the funding. During a campaign rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, Trump leveled his latest threat about blocking new government funding if it doesn’t include money to start building a new barrier along the Mexico border. “Build that wall,” he said. “Now, the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. But believe me, if we have to close...
  • McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency

    08/22/2017 9:05:29 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | Aug. 22, 2017 | ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN
    The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises. What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and...
  • At Rally, Trump All but Promises to Pardon Arpaio

    08/22/2017 8:30:53 PM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    NY Times ^ | Aug. 22, 2017 | MARK LANDLER and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    President Trump on Tuesday all but promised to pardon Joe Arpaio, the hard-line former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., who became a national symbol of the campaign against undocumented immigrants, and whose round-’em-up raids have landed him in legal trouble. “I’ll make a prediction — I think he is going to be just fine,” an angry and defiant Mr. Trump told a campaign-style forum in Phoenix where he abandoned scripted remarks and launched into a half-hour tirade against the news media. “But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy.” “But Sheriff Joe can feel...
  • Rare white koala born at Australia Zoo seeks perfect name from Facebook fans

    08/22/2017 5:09:48 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | ABC Brisbane
    A rare white koala joey has been born at a Queensland zoo, and the search is now on for the right name. Australia Zoo, north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, welcomed its first white koala joey this breeding season. The female is not albino — its extremely pale colouration is caused by a recessive gene and thought to be inherited from mother Tia, which has had other pale coloured joeys in the past. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital director Dr Rosie Booth said it was more unusual to see a koala with fur this light — and with eyes and...
  • Why Afghanistan matters: The U.S. cannot let this battered land fall to terrorists

    08/21/2017 6:01:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug. 21, 2017 | Editorial Board
    There are places in the world so potentially volatile that the U.S. cannot leave them to the ebb and flow of geopolitics. The Korean Peninsula and the Middle East come immediately to mind. Afghanistan also belongs on that list — something President Donald Trump has finally come to realize, seven months after taking office. The Los Angeles Times reports that Trump is poised to authorize sending roughly 4,000 more U.S. troops to the South Asian country, the site of the longest war in America's history. Like their countrymen already in Afghanistan, these Americans won't be a combat force. They'll carry...
  • Paul Ryan gears up for CNN town hall

    08/21/2017 5:47:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 21, 2017 | Lauren Fox, CNN
    House Speaker Paul Ryan will answer audience questions in a CNN town hall live from his home district of Racine, Wisconsin, minutes after President Donald Trump explains his Afghanistan strategy. The town hall Monday night -- moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper -- is a chance for a wider swath of constituents in the district to participate and ask their congressman questions about the future of the Republican party, health care, tax reform and the state of race relations in the country in the wake of tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Paul Ryan is trying to be the leader Donald Trump refuses to be (CNN )

    08/21/2017 2:38:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 21, 2017 | Chris Cillizza,
    If Donald Trump won't lead, I will. That's the message House Speaker Paul Ryan appears to be sending with a new statement -- released via his Facebook page Monday -- on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Trump's remarkable "both sides" comments in its wake. Headlined "Let There Be No Confusion," Ryan writes on Facebook: "I still firmly believe this hate exists only on the fringes. But so long as it exists, we need to talk about it. We need to call it what it is. And so long as it is weaponized for fear and terror, we need...
  • The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change

    08/20/2017 8:53:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 20, 2017 | Juliet Eilperin
    The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning. The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment — which includes academics as well as local officials and corporate representatives — expires Sunday. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting administrator, Ben Friedman, informed the committee’s chair that the agency would not renew the panel.
  • ‘I am not resigning,’ lawmaker says, defying calls after Trump assassination post

    08/19/2017 5:35:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Aug. 19, 2019 | Jason Hancock, Bryan Lowry
    Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal was adamant Friday that she isn’t resigning over a Facebook post calling for President Donald Trump’s assassination. Chappelle-Nadal, a University City, Missouri, Democrat, has faced calls by Missouri’s top Democrats and Republicans demanding she resign from the legislature over a comment she posted on her personal Facebook Thursday: “I hope Trump is assassinated.” Among those calling for her resignation were the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Chappelle-Nadal deleted the comment and said posting it was a mistake. She said she posted the comment out of frustration with Trump’s statements about recent...
  • GOP Doubts and Anxieties About Trump Burst Into the Open

    08/19/2017 2:44:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    Time Mag. ^ | Aug. 19, 2017 | Julie Pace, Bill Barrow / AP
    President Donald Trump's racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans' deeply held doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party. Behind the high-profile denunciations voiced this week by GOP senators once considered Trump allies, scores of other, influential Republicans began to express grave concerns about the state of the Trump presidency. In two dozen interviews with Associated Press reporters across nine states, Republican politicians, party officials, advisers and donors expressed worries about whether Trump has the self-discipline...
  • ‘I hope Trump is assassinated’: A Missouri lawmaker faces mounting calls to resign

    08/18/2017 9:55:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 18, 2017 | Herman Wong and Lindsey Bever
    A Missouri lawmaker is under mounting pressure to resign after she said on social media she hopes President Trump is assassinated, following his response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal went on her personal Facebook page Thursday morning to vent two days after the president blamed “both sides” for the brutality. “I put up a statement saying, ‘I really hate Trump. He’s causing trauma and nightmares.’ That was my original post,” she told the Kansas City Star. The Facebook post received many responses, Chappelle-Nadal said, and to one she replied, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
  • Democratic congressman to introduce articles of impeachmen

    08/17/2017 8:11:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    CBSNews ^ | Aug. 17, 2017 | Reuters
    Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, announced Thursday that he plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump. Cohen cited potential obstruction of justice and violations of the Constitution's Foreign Emoluments Clause as the reasons for impeachment while also addressing his own strong moral opposition to the president's words and actions relating to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.
  • CNN under fire for linking Barcelona terrorist attack to Charlottesville

    08/17/2017 6:51:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug. 17, 2017 | Jonathan Easley
    CNN suggested Thursday that the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain may have been inspired by the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., because both involved a vehicle running down pedestrians. The claim has drawn criticism because vehicle-ramming has been used before by Islamic extremists to carry out terrorist attacks. Investigators have not drawn any links between the incidents in Barcelona and Charlottesville.
  • Architects of CIA interrogation program settle lawsuit brought on behalf of brutalized detainees

    08/17/2017 6:19:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 17, 2017 | Ellen Nakashima and Julie Tate
    Two psychologists who devised the CIA’s brutal interrogation program have settled a lawsuit with several victims less than three weeks before a jury trial was set to begin in a federal court in Spokane, Wash. The settlement, reached Wednesday, caps a remarkable case in which for the first time former top CIA officials were forced to testify about their roles in the program launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The case unearthed CIA records that shed new light on the program’s creation and how controversial it was within the agency.
  • Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Barcelona Van Attack

    08/17/2017 12:56:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    US News ^ | Aug. 17, 2017 | Reuters
    Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in which a van plowed into crowds in the Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday, the group's Amaq news agency said.
  • Phoenix mayor 'disappointed' Trump plans to hold rally in Arizona

    08/16/2017 10:30:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 16, 2017 | Tom LoBianco
    Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said he is "disappointed" that President Donald Trump plans to hold a campaign rally in Arizona during the national turmoil following the events in Charlottesville over the weekend. Trump is planning a campaign-style rally in Arizona next week, amid an uproar sparked by his ambivalent response to white supremacists and the death of an anti-racist protester in the Charlottesville violence. The President host supporters in Phoenix next Tuesday, one week after he reiterated his claim that anti-racist protesters were as violent as Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville and that the "alt-right" groups included...
  • Trump to reverse Obama-era order aimed at planning for climate change

    08/15/2017 5:41:29 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 15, 2017 | Darryl Fears and Steven Mufson
    Excellent!and flood dangers. Speaking in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Trump said that the approval process for projects was “badly broken” and that the nation’s infrastructure was a “massive self-inflicted wound on our country.” Trump said that “no longer” would there be “one job-killing delay after another” for new projects. But he did not provide any proposal on how his much-promised infrastructure program would be financed or what it would include.
  • Pressure points? Here are the companies whose CEOs are still kissing up to Trump

    08/15/2017 11:06:41 AM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | Aug. 15, 2017 | Michael Hiltzik
    On Monday morning, Merck & Co. Chief Executive Ken Frazier resigned from President Trump’s manufacturing jobs council to protest Trump’s deficient condemnation of the racist violence in Charlottesville, Va. Since then, membership on Trump’s Potemkin Village-like CEO boards has begun to look like something of a litmus test for American corporations and business organizations. Two CEOs followed Frazier out the door on Monday: Under Armour’s Kevin Plank and Intel’s Brian Krzanich. But representatives of some 40 other corporations and other organizations, including a couple of retired CEOs, are still members of the jobs council and a second panel designated the...
  • South Korea’s Leader Bluntly Warns U.S. Against Striking North

    08/15/2017 10:56:18 AM PDT · by Innovative · 51 replies
    NY Times ^ | Aug.15, 2017 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    With his public alarmed by President Trump’s recent threats to North Korea, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea issued an unusually blunt rebuke to the United States on Tuesday, warning that any unilateral military action against the North over its nuclear weapons program would be intolerable. “No one should be allowed to decide on a military action on the Korean Peninsula without South Korean agreement,” Mr. Moon said in a nationally televised speech. As a candidate for the presidency, Mr. Moon, a liberal who took office in May, said he would “say no to the Americans” if necessary. But he...
  • Trump campaign touts achievements despite opposition from 'enemies'

    08/13/2017 4:56:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug. 13, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    President Trump's campaign released a new ad on Sunday touting the administration's achievements in the face of increased opposition from "the president's enemies."  The ad, dubbed "Let President Trump do his job," begins by attacking congressional Democrats, the media and "career politicians" for "standing in the way of success."  It then focuses on a shrinking unemployment rate, stock market highs and a strengthened military.